How to remap buttons on Nintendo Switch controllers

Want a different setup for your Joy-Cons or Pro Controller? Here's how to remap on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap
(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

We know what it's like: you switch to your Nintendo Switch after playing a PS5 or Xbox game and, gah, the buttons feel backwards. But you can remap controls using the Switch's built-in settings. 

Maybe you fancy yourself a bit of a pro, perhaps you want specific setups for Joy-Cons and others for your Pro Controller, or you want different profile settings for different games. All of this is possible, so let's show you how. 

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Nintendo Switch button remap: Head into settings

First thing's first: head into the settings. That's on the Switch's (or Switch Lite's) home screen - you can get there by pressing the Home button - and is the cog-shaped icon beneath your games tiles. 

It'll even say 'System Settings' when you tap it the first time - you'll need to tap it again to actually gain access. 

From here select Controllers and Sensors on the left side of the screen, which will load a larger menu of options for you to pick from.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Make your remapping changes

If the Joy-Cons are connected to your Switch then these will show up as 'Attached', with left (L) and right (R) marked out - even colour coded for your convenience. 

You can select either - or a Pro Controller instead, if that's what you have connected - and then select 'Change' from the list of options. This will open up the remapping screen.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Button Remap

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

You can change any button's control

It's a very open system, as you can see from our Switch photograph above. Simply select the button control you wish to reassign, then select the control that will become. You can do this multiple times and then save. 

Interestingly there's also options for 'Save as a Preset', 'Load a Preset', and 'Reset'. The former two mean you can map buttons for, say, specific games and load that prior to a particular session. Very clever - but you'll likely want to revert back afterwards.

And that's it: Nintendo's controller remapping options are pretty extensive from the in-built software. Just don't go playing any cruel pranks on your friends, y'hear!

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.